Long Island Short Sale



Buying a Short Sale can be a daunting process, but can also represent
a great opportunity to buy a home at a good value. (click here to learn more)

As a Short Sale Specialist, and a Certified Realtor Short Sale Professional with Douglas Elliman, Gary Baumann brings you the vast resources of over 60 offices and 3500 sales professionals from Manhattan to Montauk. One phone call gives you access to all the locations you want to buy or sell a short sale in!

IMPORTANT NEWS FOR SHORT SALE HOME SELLERS: As you may know the final act by the 112th Congress was to avert the ‘fiscal cliff’ and as part of the fiscal cliff deal Congress extended the cancellation of mortgage debt relief provision for 1 year, through the end of 2013. This is good news for any homeowner who is underwater and needs to sell a property, but was worried about the tax implications of a cancelled debt. 

If you owe a debt to someone else and they cancel or forgive that debt, the canceled amount may be taxable. The Mortgage Debt Relief Act of 2007 generally allows taxpayers to exclude income from the discharge of debt on their principal residence. Debt reduced through mortgage restructuring, as well as mortgage debt forgiven in connection with a foreclosure, qualifies for the relief.

Information about the Mortgage Debt Forgiveness Act can be found on

http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/The-Mortgage-Forgiveness-Debt-Relief-Act-and-Debt-Cancellation (the news is still very new and the IRS will need time to update their website, but the original information is available on this link).

New Rules as of November 1, 2012
, homeowners compleating a short sale will be eligible to receive up to $3,000 in relocation assistance, and some banks are offering up to $25,000 in additional assistance. (click here to learn more)

How Long Will You Be Underwater?
It is now time for underwater borrowers to start planning to get their heads above water. To help in that process, Chuck Freedenberg and I have designed two calculators designated 2d and 2e on my website. The first shows the borrower's equity in the property month by month for any combination of the various factors that affect changes in equity. These include the interest rate, property appreciation rate, and extra payments. Some examples are shown in the table. (click here for more)

States Negotiate $26 Billion Agreement for Homeowners
After months of painstaking talks, government authorities and five of the nation’s biggest banks have agreed to a $26 billion settlement that could provide relief to nearly two million current and former American homeowners harmed by the bursting of the housing bubble, state and federal officials said. It is part of a broad national settlement aimed at halting the housing market’s downward slide and holding the banks accountable for foreclosure abuses.
In New York State, more than 46,000 borrowers will receive some form of benefit, with an estimated 21,000 expected to see what they owe reduced through a principal reduction, according to estimates by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. (more)

10 Things You Should Know About Mortgage Debt Forgivness
Over the past several years, millions of homeowners have had billions of dollars in mortgage debt forgiven, either through foreclosure, refinancing or short sales. It's important for real estate professionals and homeowners to understand that mortgage debt forgiveness has significant tax consequences. (more)


If you have to sell your home, What do you do when you:
• Can’t make your mortgage payment?
• Are facing foreclosure?
• Owe more on your home then it’s worth?
• Are unsure of your options?
• Have to sell your home in today’s market?


  1. Douglas Elliman Real Estate is not associated with the government, and our service is not approved by the government or your lender.
  2. Even if you accept this offer and use our service, your lender may not agree to change your loan.
  3. You may stop doing business with us at any time. You may accept or reject the offer of mortgage assistance we obtain from your lender [or servicer]. If you reject the offer, you do not have to pay us. If you accept the offer, you will have to pay us no fee, we are paid by the bank for our services.

When You need answers and guidance to make the best possible decisions for you and your family contact the the name you know and trust, . For more then 130 years has provided relevant expertise and made a commitment to helping consumers like you.

 When it comes to avoiding foreclosure every day counts. Don’t Wait.
The Longer You Wait The Greater Your Future Liabilities.

The information out there is overwhelming, and there are new government and non governmental programs coming out each day.  What should you believe and what program is best for you? How can you trust anything when everyone seems to want your money and at a time when you are already having difficulty keeping up with your mortgage payments?

Scams that promise to "rescue" you from foreclosure are popping up at an alarming rate on Long Island, and you need to protect yourself and your home. Click here to learn more )

7 Lessons learned from the housing crisis, With 2012 ahead and four years since the housing collapse helped push the nation into a severe recession, it might be time to sort out the  lessons from the crisis. Here are changes and trends that will -- real estate experts hope -- revive the housing market and everyone's financial future. More

Hopefully you found us and this website early in your process, if not we can still help. Our goal here is education, analysis and solutions. If you can educate yourself as to your options you will be in a much better place to make the best decision regarding your home. I can help you analyze which programs may be best for you, and offer you guidance through the process and relocation support.

So where are you today . . . ?

  1. Late on mortgage payments and starting to gather information
  2. Up late because it's hard to sleep when you are so stressed about your home
  3. Afraid that someone might knock on your door asking you to leave
  4. Just received a very scary letter from a law firm stating they are starting Foreclosure
  5. Ahead of the curve and trying to learn what you can do before it is too late

Unlike many realtors, who may have no experience in doing short sales, I have a dedicated team including Lawyers and Accountants who know how to get your short sale done so you can get on with your life. I also have extensive experience and training in dealing with short sales, something many realtors do not. I have the ability to expedite many situations with lenders and get you a settlement in less time.

Douglas Elliman has helped 100's of Long Islander’s sell their home as a short sale.

My team can help you get answers to the most important questions. Please take some time and review the links on the left side and below. Our hope is to get you started with your short sale education and options. If you would like to speak with us directly about your situation and the options available to you please contact us via phone or use the Contact Us link to send us an email.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call The Baumann Group at:
631-589-8797, from 8AM to 11PM.

Here are some of the questions you need answers to:

1. Who Should Negotiate the Short Sale?

2. Who is Really Calling the Shots?

3. Are there Prerequisites to a Short Sale?

4. Do I Have to miss a payment to do a Short Sale?

5. What constitutes a Hardship?

6. How (When) is Deficiency Amount Calculated?

7. Comparisons to "Strategic Default" and the "Ostrich Approach"

8. What is Debt Forgiveness and do I quailify?

9. What is an IRS Form 1099 and will one be Issued?

10. What are the Ultimate Tax Ramifications?

11. What is the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act of 2007?

12. Should I do a Lien Release Only?

13. Is Bankruptcy a better option?

14. Are there other Settlement Options?

15. How much time do I really have?

To get answers to these questions and any others you may have, contact Gary and his team of professionals. Please don't hesitate to call:
The Baumann Group at: 631-589-8797, from 8AM to 11PM.

Are you at risk of foreclosure and losing your home?
Foreclosure doesn't happen overnight

Have you missed your house payment? Or Haven't missed a house payment yet, but afraid you might?

Has your financial situation changed due to a mortgage payment increase, loss of job, divorce, medical expenses, increase in taxes or other reasons?

 - Is your credit card debt becoming unmanageable?
 - Are you using your credit cards to buy groceries?
 - Is it becoming difficult to pay all your monthly bills on time?

If it’s becoming harder to make your house payment each month:

 - Contact one of our skilled counselors who can guide you thru your options.

Few people think they will lose their home, they think they have more time.

Here's how it happens. Note: Timeline varies by state.

 - First month missed paymentyour lender will contact you by letter or phone. A housing counselor can help.

 - Second month missed paymentyour lender is likely to begin calling you to discuss why you have not made your payments. It is important that you take their phone calls. Talk to your lender and explain your situation and what you are trying to do to resolve it. At this time, you still may be able to make one payment to prevent yourself from falling three months behind. A housing counselor can help.

 - Third month missed paymentafter the third payment is missed, you will receive a letter from you lender stating the amount you are delinquent, and that you have 30 days to bring your mortgage current. This is called a "Demand Letter" or "Notice to Accelerate". If you do not pay the specified amount or make some type of arrangements by the given date, the lender may begin foreclosure proceedings. They are unlikely to accept less than the total due without arrangements being made if you receive this letter. You still have time to work something out with your lender. A housing counselor can still help.

 - Fourth month missed paymentnow you are nearing the end of time allowed in your Demand or Notice to Accelerate Letter. When the 30 days ends, if you have not paid the full amount or worked our arrangements you will be referred to your lender's attorneys. You will incur all attorney fees as part of your delinquency. A housing counselor can still help you.

 - Sheriff's or Public Trustee's Salethe attorney will schedule a Sale. This is the actual day of foreclosure. You may be notified of the date by mail, a notice is taped to your door, and the sale may be advertised in a local paper. The time between the Demand or Notice to Accelerate Letter and the actual Sale varies by state. In some states it can be as quick as 2-3 months. This is not the move-out date, but the end is near. You have until the date of sale to make arrangements with your lender, or pay the total amount owed, including attorney fees.

 - Redemption Periodafter the sale date, you may enter a redemption period. You will be notified of your time frame on the same notice that your state uses for your Sheriff's or Public Trustee's Sale.

Important: Stay in contact with your lender and get assistance as early as possible. All dates are estimated, and vary according to your state and your mortgage company.

We provide sellers with a comprehensive proven system to help sell your home. We will use our proven formula of assembling our team of professionals to help you get out from under the burden of your home. We are not new comers entering the market to prey on distressed home owners, and will be gone tomorrow. Our system has made Elliman the #1 Short Sale Real Estate Brokerage on Long Island. We will provide you with all of the resources you need to complete the transaction, and help you with your relocation needs.


Douglas Elliman Real Estate (PDE) is not affiliated with any government agency. PDE does not guarantee or endorse using any government programs.

Government Programs

Making Home Affordable Program. HAFA

Making Home Affordable (MHA) (click here for link)
Making Home Affordable Offers Help. MHA is a major part of revitalizing housing and helping homeowners avoid foreclosure.

Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) (click here for link)
Many homeowners are struggling to make their monthly mortgage payments on time perhaps because their interest rate has increased or they have less income. A Home Affordable Modification through the Obama Administration’s Making Home Affordable Program will provide them with more affordable mortgage payments.

• Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) (click here for link)
Many homeowners pay their mortgage on time but are not able to refinance to take advantage of today’s lower mortgage rates. A Home Affordable Refinance through the Obama Administration’s Making Home Affordable Program may help many of these homeowners who otherwise would be unable to refinance and whose loans are held by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac refinance into a more affordable or more stable mortgage.

–Home Affordable Unemployment Program (UP) (click here for link)
UP provides some breathing room while homeowner seeks reemployment.

–Principal Reduction Alternative (PRA) (click here for link)
PRA gives servicers flexibility to offer principal reduction relief to homeowners whose homes are worth significantly less than they still owe (LTV 115%+).

• Second Lien Modification Program (2MP) (click here for link)
Works in tandem with HAMP. When 1st lien modified, participating 2MP servicers must offer to modify 2nd lien.

• Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives (HAFA) (click here for link)
Helping Homeowners Transition to More Affordable Housing Making Home Affordable includes opportunities for homeowners to modify or refinance their mortgage to make their payments more affordable. Some homeowners may feel that they can no longer afford their home, even with modified payments. These homeowners still want to avoid the devastating effects of foreclosure.

The Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives (HAFA) Program makes it easier for homeowners to work with their mortgage servicer to sell their home (short sale) or deed it to the bank (deedin-lieu of foreclosure).


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